Meet Our Contributors

Norman Winter – The Garden Guy


Norman Winter is the director of the University of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah, Georgia. He is a published author, syndicated garden columnist with articles read coast-to-coast and renowned garden lecturer. Norman spent 15 years as an Extension Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University. In 2011, he became director of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. He’s been a valuable LiveIt contributor since the very first issue.







Aimee Hodges – Actively Speaking


Aimee Hodges, CI-CPT has been training and motivating clients full-time for six years. She received her certification through Cooper Institute, owns a private fitness studio in Bowie, Texas and offers personal training services at Fit N Wise in Decatur, Texas. She is passionate about empowering and equipping people to reach their fitness goals, one step at a time. For more on achieving your fitness goals and personal training, call Aimee at 940-389-1229.







Mark Arredondo, M.D. – Spotlight on Health


Mark Arredondo, M.D. is a practicing Surgical Oncologist. He is board certified in Surgery. A graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, he had general surgery training followed by a surgical oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. He was previously Professor of Surgical Oncology at Texas Tech University in Amarillo, Texas. His practice has always focused on the surgical management of the cancer patient, in a multidisciplinary setting.





Lyndy Phillips – Laugh More, Live More


Lyndy Phillips is a humorous speaker and comedy magician who recharges, renews, and refreshes corporate, association, and educator audiences with his positive, upbeat presentations. He’s highly entertaining with 100% clean humor, comedy magic, and audience involvement and he’s inspirational with messages on reducing stress and personal value. Lyndy and his wife have two grown children, Lezlie and Taylor, and two dogs, Pepper and Zuzu and reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. For more on Lyndy, visit his website.







Rebekah Bachman – Bookspiration


Rebekah Bachman, a native of New Mexico, earned her B.S. from New Mexico State University and M.S. from Texas A&M University. Her love of books and reading began early in life being born into a family of readers. Excursions to the Bookmobile and reading aloud during trips are some of her fondest childhood memories. Rebekah and her husband continue their literary adventures through long-standing participation in a wonderful couples Book Club.








Nancy Arredondo – Make Yourself at Home


Nancy Arredondo (a.k.a Fancy Nancy) has been an interior decorator for over two decades and enthusiastically shares her many years of expertise with our readers. As owner/operator of an upscale home furnishing business, [per-snick-et-y] Home, she understands a well-appointed space not only functions well but reflects the personality of each unique client she serves. While adding fun and function, Nancy’s goal is to create a design that is instantly your happy place. For more on Fancy Nancy, visit her website.







Ellen Miller – Fresh Perspectives


Ellen is a wife, mother and creative spirit. Her love of vintage/antique furniture and home décor is something she gladly shares with our readers. Her passion brings immense joy to many as she repurposes, renews and reloves vintage items. While she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, creating fresh perspectives in the “He Shed/She Shed,” her keen eye can usually be found searching thrift shops for undiscovered treasures. For more on Ellen’s latest pieces and projects, visit her Facebook.








Jéan Bruns – Texas Hideaways


Jéan Bruns is a distinguished Austin realtor and proudly resides in the historic Clarksville neighborhood in Central Austin. It’s not just Clarksville’s prime downtown location that attracted him, but it’s rich American history. Clarksville was the 1st Freedom Town west of the Mississippi, and the last one still standing. Jéan lives by the credo: “Fortune Favors the Brave” and takes our readers along for his many travel adventures. For more information, visit Jéan’s website.